Monday, May 26, 2014

Land of Mangos-May 26, 2014

Well hello! I will try to share things about the new area and about the work as well!!

My companion is awesome! He is really a great guy. He is committed to morning exercising. This is very important to him but the work is more important so we are very compatible. Life is fun, enjoyable and hard work. I love it!

So Lira is the land of mangos. They don’t have the usual fruits in Uganda but mangos are plentiful. The land is covered in mango trees. They are so common you can basically eat them for free because there are not enough people to eat all of them. There is probably a mango tree every 50 feet or less depending on the area. If you love mangos, come to Lira!

This week we had an appointment with a guy named Thomas. He is about 60 years old and a nice guy. As we walked up to Thomas' home, he was sitting outside underneath a mango tree. He warmly greeted us and said I am ready for you. From this statement, we concluded that he was ready for our message. Wrong! As soon as we sat down, he stood up and walked away. We were really confused. We stayed underneath the tree for about two minutes trying to decide what to do when he showed up with two buckets full of mangos. He smiled explaining that all of these mangoes were for us and our message could not be shared until we had finished all of the mangos.

We looked at the huge number of mangos for a second, taking in the sheer quantity that we had to eat before we could chat with him! After feeling sorry for ourselves for a second or two, we realized that we needed to get started so we could make our next appointment on time. We ate and ate and ate and then we ate some more. (We were very polite and fast!) FINALLY we defeated the mangos!!! I was full on mangos. Who would ever guess that I would be full on fruit? It was awesome! hahaha

This week was a good one. We spent time building up our investigator pool. The best part of this effort is that we not only found people to teach but they came to church as well. The people we shared a lesson with are great people, willing to hear the gospel and respond to it.

One person that fits in this category is a guy named Johnson. He is 32 years old and has two children. As we shared with him this week, he not only understood the restoration but he also caught the importance of applying these principles to his life. He had loads of great questions. Then on Sunday at church, he participated, asked and answered questions, and listened intently. He is a stud when it comes to learning the gospel. He has a huge desire to learn and apply the gospel in his life which is super cool.

The branch is very young and needs a lot of support. The running of the branch rests on the shoulders of about 5 people right now. They are all young and need help. So we have really been trying to teach and find people that will not only be great members of the church but also become leaders and be able to lift where they stand. We hope that we will not add to their stress and worry.

Things out here are good. Yes, it is hot but it’s a great place. There is a lot that can be done here. But we have a lot of things rolling already. I am really excited to be serving here. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve with Elder Sithole.

Sure do love you all! Happy Birthday Anne! :)

Elder Bitter

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